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HOGIA’R WYDDFA

Biography

The close-harmony singing group from Llanberis, the village at the foot of Snowdon, is the most successful ever in the history of Welsh popular music. They started as a Trio in the early 60s, but soon the late Richard ‘Dic’ Morris joined them to add his own unique piano sound and Vivian ‘Vivs’ Williams on rhythm guitar. Dic’s place has now been filled by the versatile pianist Annette Bryn Parri.
Their trade-mark was setting well-known Welsh poems to their own music, and these are still considered classics of their kind, and served to take Welsh poetry to a new and wider audience. They soon added to this a wealth of new songs by local lyric writers, with the subject matter ranging from light-hearted ballads about Welsh rural life to patriotic anthems and religious songs.
There has always been a strong element of story-telling in their songs, and this was supplemented by their love of mixing music with slapstick comedy sketches. In common with many other singing parties of their time, they were all-round entertainers as well as very accomplished singers, and their popularity has lasted for 6 decades.
They have released a constant flow of records, from the vinyl EPs and singles of the early 60s to the CDs of today, and the demand for their songs continues unabated.

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